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#1 Maestro

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:32 PM

So, since the forum is a little new, I thought I'd contribute a gear review.

 

MFG: Slingshot

Model: Darko

Size: 134 x 41.1

Year: 2013

Conditions: Salt water, flat/choppy, no waves 14-25kts

Boots: Y

Kite: RPM, Rally, various sizes

 

 

Initial impresisons:

The artwork is great, and the bottom of the board is super visible if you lose it, or if someone is taking pictures of a grab.  It has fairly little rocker, and carries it's edge all the way up.  The board is on the heavy side of medium and the flex is on the stiff side of stiff.  Slingshot fastrack, for super adjustability of stance.  All the bolts needed tightening before/after the first ride, but all good thereafter.  Bindings are quick to adjust.

 

Performance: 

The board rides like its a bigger board, you can really agressively downsize because of how wide it stays tip to tail.  This board generates a ton of pop with the right speed and ability to use it.  Even though it is 134x41cm wide, it doesn't feel like a wide board.  Even though it's a fairly stiff board, you can still feel the flex on the slop, though landings can be more abrupt than softer boards.  Beginners will like how well it gets up on plane, upwind, ability and speed...at the cost of a bit of face spray.  Experts will absolutely launch on this thing.

 

Verdict:

This is my favorite 2013 twin tip from Slingshot (I've demo'd the entire line).  It's definitely a go-to medium to heavy air flats kiteboard that will take anything you dish out at it.



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 09:53 PM

Gracias maestro.  got any pics or links to add?



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Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:55 PM

Here is a stock photo of the board, and some action shots we took last season.

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